With the common less-than-stellar service delievered in many a Calgarian restaurant, I think it's too easy to forget what impeccable service and food in a restaurant feels like.
I was reminded last Sunday after my experience at Wellington's (10325 Bonaventure Dr SE).
I wanted to give credit where credit is due. This is a wonderful place in Calgary to take visitors wishing to experience that perfectly medium-rare Albertan filet mignon (or any other steak on the menu, for that matter.)
I had the filet, perfectly melt-in-your-mouth medium rare, and a granny smith apple pie for dessert (with vanilla bean gelato). Our waiter (and soon-to-be GM), Garreth, was a wealth of information pertaining to Wellington's wine and spirits list. He even went so far as to bring out maps of the various wine regions to show us.
The service style was traditional, classy, and in no way intrusive or overdone.
After dinner we retired to the lounge to enjoy the tail end of the hockey game, where the bartender handed us beers on the house. For three cocktails, three steak dinners, three desserts, a bottle of wine and three appertifs, the total came to under $200.